May 1643: An Ordinance for raising Horses in the Counties for the service of the Army. Horses taken from persons well-affected shall be valued, and repayment secured upon the Publike Faith

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Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.

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May 1643

[29 May, 1643.]

Ord. 10 May, 1643; Deputy-Lieutenants or Committees to levy Horses.; Officers authorised by the Lord General to do it in some cases.;Horses of persons who have expressed their good affection shall be valued.; Publickfaith given for such Horses. Members of both Houses exempted.

Whereas there is an Ordinance of Parliament passed, bearing Date the tenth day of this instant May, concerning the taking of Horses for the service of the Parliament. It is further Ordered and Declared by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, aswel in pursuance of the said Ordinance, as by way of addition; That His Excellencies occasions may be served, and yet with the greatest ease to the Counties as may be, That the Deputy Lieutenants or the Committees for the Propositions, or any two of them within the several Counties, when the Lord General shall require so many Horses out of any County, shall immediately. levy such a number upon every Division and Hundred as in a proportion the several parts will afford, and shall cause the Horses so proportioned, to be delivered accordingly. And in case the said Deputy Lieutenants or Committees shall not execute according to the said Ordinance, and deliver such Horses as are fit for service, nor in such time as the Lord General shall direct, or that the Lord General shall finde by reason of some great exigency, That the said circumstances cannot be observed without danger to the Army, And insert the same in his Warrant, then such officers as His Excellency shall appoint, shall raise and take such number of Horses as are required by His Excellency within the places appointed, Rendring an accompt to His Excellency for the same, having regard always of those persons that have expressed their good affections by contributing upon the Propo sitions, and submitting to the Orders and Ordinances of Parliament; And in case that upon any exigency the Horses of such persons as have expressed their affections to the Parliament as aforesaid shall be taken, That their Horses shall be valued by the Constables, and certified to the Commissary in London for valuing of Horses, Arms, &;c. And the parties repaid for them upon the publique Faith. Provided alwayes that this Ordinance shall not extend to the seizing or taking any Horses, Mares, or Geldings of any the Members of either of the Houses of Parliament, or of any Peer, or of any of the Assistants of the House of Peers.